I have written on here several times about Man-Love Thursdays, the confusion that Afghan men have with sexuality and the rampant number of homosexuals there are amongst the Afghan male population. I have also had many people ask me if there was any truth to the term “man-love Thursday”.
One of my first blogs that mentioned this is called ” Their Thursday night is our Saturday night “. I wrote this one in July 2006. I have also wrote about this several other times over the years.
Well in case you didn’t believe me or anyone else who has been to Afghanistan and talked about it, here is your chance to believe an MSM outlet.
The story below is pretty educating, as it shines some light on “how” afghan men can justify this practice in their own mind. I mean I have heard the term “selective compliance”, but being a supposed religious man who’s faith says homosexuality is a terrible sin, but still being able to practice it is well….pretty selective in my book.
Apparently, according to the report, Pashtun men interpret the Islamic prohibition on homosexuality to mean they cannot “love” another man — but that doesn’t mean they can’t use men for “sexual gratification.”
So it is all how you interpret it I guess. They say “perception is reality” and in this case I guess Afghan men don’t perceive themselves as homosexuals, so they aren’t. It is all how you justify it in your mind. When we would talk to our Afghan Army counterparts about why two men are snuggling together in a bed or why the Kandak Commander keeps young boys with him all the time, they commonly say it is ok because they are “deployed away from home”. I guess it doesn’t matter that for some “home” is only a few hours drive away and they get there at least every two months.
In a blog written by my former ETT teammate and guest Blogger on my site, The Dude. He wrote about men having a hard time understanding why his wife can’t get pregnant. That blog titled ” Can You Look At My Wife? ” was written in May, 2009. If you read that, then the statement below from the story should be no surprise.
The U.S. army medic also told members of the research unit that she and her colleagues had to explain to a local man how to get his wife pregnant.
The report said: “When it was explained to him what was necessary, he reacted with disgust and asked, ‘How could one feel desire to be with a woman, who God has made unclean, when one could be with a man, who is clean? Surely this must be wrong.’”
You can read the whole story at the link below and see for yourself what Man-Love Thursday is all about.
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